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I hope your children had a relaxing half term holiday. A good number of students were away on the school ski trip to Austria which was hugely successful. Mr Josephson and Miss Hunt who led the trip have reported that the students were brilliant. Everyone enjoyed the excellent conditions on the pistes as well as an active après ski programme. Equally successful was the Sixth Form art and photography trip to Venice which took in visits to Pisa and Siena too. As always, my thanks to the staff who gave up their holiday to accompany the students.
Yesterday, a group of Year 10 students following the GCSE course in Computing went to Bletchley Park. Their tour was fascinating and they were particularly interested to see the first ever computer which was by all accounts simply enormous!
Last night, we welcomed Year 9 students and parents to our KS4 Options Evening. This was followed by an options morning this morning for Year 9s. Both events are focused on ensuring that your child, if s/he is in Year 9, makes the right subject choices for next year. If you have any questions or need some further advice, please do let us know. I have visited each group this morning while they have been thinking about options or talking to volunteers who have come in to talk about their career. The questions asked by the students were insightful and probing. My thanks to the staff who have organised these events and to the volunteers who gave up their time to come and work with our students.
I would like to congratulate the Year 9 rugby team who eased their way into the County Cup final with a 38-17 win against Misbourne this week. The final will be played at Aylesbury Rugby Club on March 20th. I will have my wellies at the ready that day! Congratulations, too, to the Year 8 cricket team who won a tournament earlier in the week and are now through to the finals of the indoor cricket competition.
This week, I met with Ewan Lazenby, Adam Lazenby, Emile Brellier, Callum Clifford and Maya Brown in Year 7 all of whom have recently turned 12. Those in Year 13 celebrating an 18th birthday are: Robert Hill, Nikita Norris, Isabel Clark, Charlotte Donovan and Annabel Nangle. Happy birthday to them all.
I know that many of you are attending the FOCGS quiz night on Saturday. I wish you all the very best of luck. Thank you for supporting this event which will raise a good deal of money to further enhance the experiences of our students. I am sure that details will be coming soon of the next FOCGS event, a comedy night, which is being held on Friday 24th March. The first such event was held in the summer of 2015 and was superb so please do put the date in your diary.
With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,